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I hope everyone had a wonderful
Thanksgiving celebrating with
family and friends. I can’t
believe we are at the start
of the winter season already
with sightings of snow and
frigid temperatures. I’m sure
you have successfully prepared
your heating systems checking
safeties, looking for cracked
heat exchangers, examining
water pressure gauges, changing
steam traps and removing
and cleaning burners, but it’s
important to remember to
monitor continuously throughout
the winter season. Remember
to reach out to our Associate members who can expertly assist you in
completing these tasks.
The Chief Engineers Association annual holiday event will be held on
Wednesday, Dec. 12th, at the Sheraton Hotel. As we come together with
the board of directors, members and guests to celebrate the season, it’s
also important to remember those in need. Every year, the association
features a charity during the December meeting. We ask for donations
and contribute all door monies to the cause. This year, the organization
we will be supporting is A New Direction Beverly Morgan Park (AND),
a grassroots group seeking to help women, men and children who
are victims of domestic violence. A New Direction provides crisis
intervention, safety planning, counseling, education and support as well
as legal advocacy and resources to navigate the legal system to those
in need. So how can you, as members, help? Please bring monetary
donations or gift cards (grocery, gas, clothing stores, Visa, etc.) as your
entry into the event. I thank you in advance for your generous support
and partnership in benefiting this organization.
I would also like to take this time to thank all of our members for
their support in 2018, vendors for their advertising and sponsorship,
engineers for attending events and engagement with our sponsors
and for bringing guests to show off our organization. As a board, we
work hard to provide a variety of events so our vendors can showcase
their products and services and engineers can come network. The
relationships built at these events foster collaboration and provide
endless resources. Thank you for being a part of this growing
I wish you and your families the very best as we enter the holiday
season. I look forward to seeing everyone at the December meeting so
we can toast to a successful 2018.
Mold Cleanup Kept Suburban Chicago
CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) — Officials kept a suburban
Chicago school closed while crews worked to cleanup
mold found inside the building.
Wentworth Junior High School in the southern suburb
of Calumet City was kept closed to facilitate remediation
efforts. The school district also shut down its
elementary and intermediate schools on the scheduled
first day of classes, but opened those buildings the
District superintendent Troy Paraday said that officials
were taking the matter very seriously and are committed
to giving students a safe learning environment.
U of I Professor to Head Planned
Chicago Innovation Center
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois has picked
one of its own professors to head an effort to build
and operate a major innovation center in Chicago’s
William H. Sanders has led the engineering department
at the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus
since 2014 and will oversee what’s called the Discovery
Partner’s Institute. The Chicago Tribune reports those
duties will include leading construction of the center,
supervise all faculty and staff hiring and oversee all
new corporate and academic partnerships.
Once it is operating, the center is expected to employ
more than 100 faculty members who will specialize in
research on computing and big data, environment and
water, food and agriculture and health and wellness.
School officials say the center will accommodate more
than 2,000 students a year.
Workers Fixing Bridge Find Note Left
by Crew Who Built Span
ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Construction workers repairing
a central Indiana bridge discovered a note apparently
left behind by the crew who built it 80 years ago.
The jar shattered but it contained a tattered slip of
paper that reads “List of last crew working on this
bridge,” and includes the names of 17 carpenters,
cement finishers and others it says worked on the span
during 1938 and 1939.
Henry calls it “a neat piece of history” that the town
near Muncie plans to display.
Indiana City Won’t Restart Coal Plant
Despite Relaxed Rules
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana city’s
coal-burning power plant won’t be reopening despite
the Trump administration’s plan to relax restrictions on
greenhouse gas emissions from such facilities.
Logansport Municipal Utilities shut down its plant in
early 2016 after deciding it couldn’t afford updates
needed to meet rules established under former President
City utilities Superintendent Paul Hartman tells the
Pharos-Tribune that a coal-fired power plant generally
can’t be restarted after several months out of action.
The plant generated about 30 percent of the Logansport
utility’s electricity. Duke Energy has provided
it all since the plant’s closure. Some equipment inside
the former plant has been sold for scrap.
Energy Department Says Wind Power
Projects Continue in US
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of
Energy reports that the continued construction of
wind-power generating stations is bringing down both
the cost of building the installations and the price for
The report in August shows Texas leads the nation
with 22 gigawatts of wind capacity, followed by Oklahoma,
Iowa, California and Kansas with each at more
than 5,000 megawatts.
A gigawatt is 1 billion watts of power; a megawatt is 1
cents per kilowatt hour in 2009 to about 2 cents per
kilowatt hour in 2017.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says the
average home in the U.S. uses 897 kilowatt hours per
Man Accused of Selling Historic Bridge
Metal Seeks Dismissal
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana
scrap-metal dealer accused of demolishing a historic
bridge and selling the metal is seeking to have the
federal charge he faces dismissed.
Kenneth Morrison argues in a motion filed Aug. 27 in
federal court in Hammond that questions about who
owned the bridge warrant his indictment being tossed.
Morrison operates T&K Metals in Whiting. He was
charged in 2017 with interstate transportation of
stolen property for allegedly taking metal from a
long-unused 1910 railroad drawbridge and selling it to
an Illinois scrapyard for $18,000.
The Post-Tribune reports Morrison’s attorney says
investigators told a grand jury the city of Hammond
“conclusively” owned the bridge, but that public
records and correspondence between the city and a
railroad company showed they couldn’t say for certain
who had the bridge’s deed.
Illinois Football Program Gets Millions
to Build New Center
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois Foundation
is getting a $20 million donation, including $15
million for the Fighting Illini Football Performance
The money is coming from the H.D. Smith Foundation.
Henry Dale Smith started H.D. Smith, a medical wholesale
company based in Springfield, Ill.
Chris and Dale Smith say they’re honoring their late
father and mother Betty and the couple’s passion for
The Smith Foundation’s gift also includes $3 million for
athletes to return and complete their degrees.
Hammond Schools to Provide Bottled
Water at 7 Buildings
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Hammond’s school superintendent
says bottled water will be provided to students
in buildings where elevated lead levels were
found in drinking water.
Superintendent Walter Watkins said in an email to
staff on Aug. 30 that seven buildings, including six
schools, registered lead levels above the recommended
Environmental Protection Agency threshold when
tested on Aug. 9-13.
The Post Tribune reports the high lead levels were
found in 19 fountains at the six schools. Watkins says
those fountains were taken out of service until further
testing is done. Bottled water will be provided at each
Opening of Pedestrian Bridge Delayed
for Additional Testing
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The opening of a pedestrian
bridge that will link two college campuses in Fort
Wayne has been pushed back by additional testing of
The Parker Cole Crossing was initially set to open in
June, spanning a busy roadway to link Purdue University
Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College.
But the Indiana Department of Transportation added
additional testing to ensure the $4.5 million bridge
meets design and construction standards.
Greg Justice is Purdue Fort Wayne’s executive director
of facilities management. He tells The Journal Gazette
that the added testing is primarily responsible for the
delayed opening of the bridge, which about 1,000
students are expected to use daily.
Albany Town Marshal Shannon Henry says workers
were using a jackhammer to break up concrete on
Bridge 701 last week when a glass jar fell out.
The report says wind energy provided 6.3 percent of
the nation’s electricity supply in 2017.
The average price for wind power has fallen from 7
The Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center
will be a 107,000-square-foot facility with space for
strength and conditioning, sports medicine, locker
rooms, offices for coaches and more. Construction will
be completed before the 2019 season.
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CHICAGO, Ill. — The National Lumber and Building Material
Dealers Association (NLBMDA) elected its new leadership
team last month at the ProDealer Industry Summit in
Chicago, Ill. At its annual meeting, the NLBMDA Board of
Directors elected Robert P. Sanford as the new Chair of the
association. Mr. Sanford is president of Connecticut-based
Sanford and Hawley and is replacing outgoing chair Rick
Lierz, President and CEO of Franklin Building Supply in Boise,
“I am honored and humbled to be the next chair of the
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association,”
said Mr. Sanford. “Housing, and by extension, the
lumberyards and building material dealers that supply the
industry, are integral to a vital economy and to our nation’s
continued success. With the ever-changing legislative
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that we continue to represent our collective interests in our
nation’s capital so that we may all thrive in the years ahead.
With an ear to the legislative machinations in Washington,
and an eye to the technical advancements that keep our
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the Sanford Family has survived the many obstacles that have
been thrown their way. The company is now operated by
Frank, Bob and Ted Sanford, along with Bob’s son, Bobby.
“Bob has been an active NLBMDA and NRLA member for
decades and has a tremendous amount of knowledge and
expertise in the LBM industry. He has consistently shown a
passion for serving others. I am truly honored to have the
opportunity to continue to work with Bob as we are both
committed to moving the association forward as he becomes
NLBMDA Chair,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan
Paine. “I also want to thank Rick Lierz for his tremendous
leadership this past year. Together Rick and Bob have gone
above and beyond and it has been an invaluable experience
working with them.”
In addition to Bob, the other members of the 2018-2019
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• First Vice Chair: Jim Bishop, Vesta Lee Lumber, Bonner
• Immediate Past Chair: Rick Lierz, Franklin Building Supply,
• MSC Chair: Clarence Wilkerson, Weyerhaeuser, Federal
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AKF’s Mark Richter to Chair World’s
Foremost Tall Buildings Design Award
Hidden Emergency Lighting Preserves
Building Aesthetics While Meeting Code
Richter’s 26-year career includes the design of iconic New
York City buildings such as One57, Central Park Tower, and
520 West 28th, the new luxury condominium along the Highline
designed in collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning
architect Zaha Hadid. 520 West 28th won AKF an American
Council of Engineering Companies New York State Diamond
Award for engineering excellence. Mark also added that the
CTBUH gathering is the perfect venue to celebrate professionals
whose passion is engineering healthy, sustainable tall
“As buildings across the globe continue to get taller and taller,
a comprehensive approach to sustainability is critical. AKF
has always delivered design enhancements that are above
energy code, mindful of the surrounding environment, and
conscious of their energy impact. I look forward to joining
other jurists who share these values.”
AKF’s Mark Richter will serve as 2019 Jury Chair for the CTBUH Annual
Awards’ MEP Engineering Panel.
NEW YORK (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AKF, a global leader in
engineering, technology, design, consulting and commissioning,
is excited to announce that Partner Mark Richter, PE has
been appointed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban
Habitat (CTBUH) to serve as 2019 Jury Chair on the MEP Engineering
panel for the CTBUH Annual Awards.
“For nearly 50 years, CTBUH has been a leading authority on
tall building and urban design trends,” said Richter. “And
today, as technology continues to change the landscape for
MEP professionals around the globe, CTBUH continues to set
the standard for the construction and design of next-generation
buildings. I am honored to chair the MEP Jury.”
Richter, who has earned praise for his expertise in the
planning and design of high-rise and mixed-use properties,
noted that to date AKF has been instrumental in the design
and commissioning of more than 30 high-rise and super-tall
structures around the globe. This includes work on four of
Mexico’s five tallest buildings, as well as Three Sixty West in
Mumbai, which will be India’s tallest building upon construction
Many of Isolite’s architectural emergency lighting solutions are virtually invisible during normal lighting conditions, eliminating unattractive surface mounted
While emergency lighting is critical to life safety and must
function to code, no one wants to see the devices ruin the
aesthetics of a building’s interiors. So industry professionals
are increasingly keeping the lights hidden or camouflaged
until needed to ensure it artfully blends in with its surroundings.
“From the standpoint of interior architectural aesthetics, traditional
wall or ceiling-mounted emergency lighting systems
can be sort of an eyesore that establishments with a more
refined look want to eliminate because it can take away
from the architectural experience,” says John Decker, IALD of
Lighting Design Studio, a multi-disciplinary firm. The company
has completed lighting projects for a variety of commercial
spaces including resort hotels, spas, casinos, restaurants,
retail, and office spaces.
Now an innovative option, fixtures completely hidden
behind closed-door panels on walls or ceilings, is helping to
meet emergency lighting code. Only in the case of emergency
or power outage do the doors open and the emergency
lights emerge to ensure sufficient light along the path of
egress, as mandated by the NFPA and International Building
Code (IBC). For even greater discretion, the panels can be
painted, wallpapered over, and placed in locations out of the
line of sight to make them completely inconspicuous.
Enhancing Aesthetics and Ensuring Safety
Design professionals often meticulously plan the aesthetics
of various building elements including style, form, and ma-
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terials in a wide range of structures. This can involve upscale
hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail centers, office buildings,
and concert halls as well as historic courthouses, museums,
city halls, state and federal buildings.
A challenge, however, occurs when urgent project timelines
lead to unfortunate compromises in building aesthetics, often
in the area of emergency lighting, at the last minute.
“When building owners and end users pay for architectural
services, they may have a wonderful structure with everything
considered in the space – until the end of the project
when ill-considered, utilitarian, even ugly, emergency lighting
is installed to provide light for emergency egress,” says
“In nicer hospitality, entertainment, office, and service settings
with refined interiors –like hotels, resorts, restaurants,
spas, casinos, museums, historic districts, and themed amusement
parks – foreign looking emergency lighting fixtures
mounted to the walls or ceiling can look really out of place,”
While there are many emergency lighting approaches available
that will sufficiently provide one foot candle of illumination
along the path of egress as specified by the NFPA,
these options typically begin with deciding on the type of
power source that will be used in the event of a power outage.
Often, existing architectural lights are incorporated if possible,
powered by centralized inverters or generators. However,
when that is not sufficient, dedicated battery powered
emergency lights may be required, but these can be obtrusive
“If the engineer proposes to put ugly, ‘bug-eye’ emergency
lights in a beautiful interior space, we try to find aesthetic
solutions that still meet the code requirement of providing
enough egress lighting for emergency situations – while
maintaining the beauty of that space,” says Decker, who is a
“Bug-eye” is the colorful term used to describe typical
emergency lighting that surface mounts on the wall with a
battery box under two lamps that resemble a bug’s eyes.
Decker says there are superior methods for hiding, or concealing,
The first method is to utilize a backup battery hidden in the
housing of a lighting fixture, such as a recessed downlight or
suspended linear luminaire. In the event of a power failure,
the battery will then supply emergency lighting for a designated
amount of time as determined by code.
However, Decker points out another alternative. He points
to Isolite, a manufacturer of specification-grade emergency
lighting products. The company offers the Genie, along with
a more compact version called the Mini Genie, that remain
fully recessed behind two flat panel doors installed in the
ceiling or walls until needed.
“With the Genie and Mini Genie, you have a concealed look
architecturally, but under normal loss of power the battery
kicks in, the doors open, and the lamps pop out to light the
way,” says Decker.
“The recessed solution lends itself to maintaining the integrity
of the architectural interior space, so it works functionally
and aesthetically,” he adds.
While having emergency lights emerge from door panels
when needed keeps them out of the way, lighting professionals
like Decker also value the ability to camouflage them
With both of the units, the flat panel doors lay flush with the
trim and mounting surface, and exterior trim can be painted
or wall-papered to match any color or decor so as to blend in
with the architecture.
Because these emergency lights are fully self-contained and
can be recessed into walls or ceilings, they are virtually invisible
during normal lighting conditions, and thus eliminate
unsightly, surface mounted emergency lights and battery
While this approach can enhance the aesthetics of new
builds and retrofits, it is particularly helpful in preserving the
“look and feel” of historic buildings, which still must accommodate
life safety and security needs, as well as update
building systems appropriately.
Such implementation strikes a balance between retaining
original building features and accommodating new technologies
In fact, the Mini, which can wall mount with a total depth of
3.5”, is also well suited for shallow plenum applications, the
narrow space between the structural ceiling and drop-down
ceiling used for HVAC air circulation.
The company also offers recessed LED emergency lighting
mounted 18” above the floor. The product directs light to
the floor to more effectively illuminate the path of egress
than traditional ceiling or wall mounted emergency lights.
“Lighting the path of egress from a lower vantage point
makes sense in situations where there is a fire because all the
smoke rises and [if it were higher] it could block some of the
light,” says Decker.
With such new tools to make emergency lighting less conspicuous,
building design professionals can now preserve
elegant, architectural quality aesthetics while meeting emergency
lighting and life safety codes.
“Wherever aesthetics are valued, concealing emergency
lighting should be an option,” concludes Decker.
“When the Isolite products are fully recessed and the panels
are painted or wallpapered to match their surroundings, you
really cannot see them unless you are specifically looking,”
For more information, contact Isolite at 31 Waterloo Avenue,
Berwyn, PA 19312; call 800-888-5483; or visit them on the
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According to Decker, the design and engineering team
utilized this approach for emergency lighting in the themed,
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“We used a Genie product, and it was painted out so you
really couldn’t see it unless you were looking for it,” he says.
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Building Up With Precast Concrete
BEAUSEJOUR, Manitoba, Can. — Builder Syed Bokhari passionately
believes in creating durable, energy-efficient housing
for seniors. That dedicated focus has led him to explore
creative construction practices — including the use of precast
concrete panels from Superior Walls by Magnis.
“I first saw a Superior Walls basement foundation two years
ago and thought it was a great way to build,” says Bokhari,
president of Noble Builders in Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Then I
went and viewed a wide variety of different Superior Walls
basements and decided this was the product I wanted to use.
The speed of installation truly accelerates the work on site,
plus the energy-efficiency features are an asset in our area.”
Working with a design created by T-Square Techniques, Inc.,
Noble Builders is now approaching the final stages of construction
on a three-story seniors residence at 51 Kaatz Drive
in Beausejour, Manitoba. The team decided to “build up”
with precast concrete panels and created the entire exterior
of the building — plus the interior elevator shaft — with
custom panels supplied by Superior Walls.
“We selected the precast wall product primarily for its speed
in erecting and enclosing the building structure,” says Brian
L. Mansky, principal owner and chief designer at T-Square
Techniques, Inc. in Winnipeg. “This is technically a far superior
building envelope system as compared to standard wood
frame construction. While this is our first time specifying
Superior Walls for a project, we’ve been so impressed with
the product that we’re considering it for other projects.”
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The 35-unit independent living residence for seniors at 51
Kaatz Drive incorporates Superior Walls Xi Plus panels into
the building envelope.
“The exterior walls include 2,400 linear feet of eight-foot tall
Xi Plus panels, and then there’s an additional 120 linear feet
of 10-foot tall Xi Plus panels for the elevator shaft,” says Ray
Wentz, special projects manager at Superior Walls by Magnis.
“This is the first multi-story, above-ground application of our
products in this area.
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Precast concrete panels offer many advantages, including durability, energy efficiency and ease of installation.
“The advantages of using precast concrete panels in this type
of building construction are amazing. Each wall panel is custom
made to the exact specifications of the plan. The panels
install quickly and resist mold, rot, fire and noise. These are
incredible features for a senior living facility.”
Superior Walls Xi Plus wall panels (Canadian markets) feature
steel reinforced concrete and 5″ Neopor® Rigid Thermal
Insulation to create a barrier against sidewall water penetration.
The panels are custom designed and constructed in
a factory-controlled setting. Unique features of the Xi Plus
wall panels include:
• 5,000+ PSI concrete
• Steel-reinforced top bond beams, concrete studs and footer
• Horizontal steel rebar inside top and bottom beams
• Vertical steel rebar inside each stud
• Galvanized steel stud facing ready for drywall finishing
• Insulated corners, studs and bond beams
• A four-inch insulated footer beam
• 5″ Neopor Rigid Thermal Insulation to provide an insulation
value of R-24
• Four insulated access holes are included in each standard
stud to provide greater ease in wiring and plumbing.
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Bokhari agrees that the benefits of the concrete panels for
the project make them a winner for the senior living facility.
“We had the shell up on the structure in less than four
months, which is impossible to achieve with poured concrete,
concrete blocks or traditional wood frame construction,” says
The “shell” of this structure includes a broom finish to the
concrete exterior, providing a scratch coat for acrylic stucco
and cultured stone accents. The finish can also be painted.
“This is a new way of building,” says Bokhari. “It’s faster
and more reliable than past building methods. I can see us
working on many projects in the future with Superior Walls
foundations and above grade applications.”
Interior Elevator Shaft
One of the most beneficial aspects of using precast concrete
panels on the 51 Kaatz Drive project came in the construction
of the elevator shaft.
While concrete block construction has been the industry
standard for elevator shafts in years past, the fast installation
of Superior Walls speeds up the construction schedule. As
well, these walls remain non-combustible and heat transfer is
minimized as they are insulated panels.
“A concrete stairwell or elevator shaft can give building
occupants additional time to escape from a burning structure
because the material resists the movement of the fire,” says
Wentz. “A zone delineated by concrete within a building can
provide escape routes during a fire by maintaining structural
integrity and allowing people to get away from the building.
At the same time, this allows firefighters to more safely enter
the structure and fight the fire from multiple locations and
During the construction of 51 Kaatz Drive, the Superior Walls
precast concrete panels were placed in the elevator shaft
with the concrete side faced inward and with a fireguard
facing outside. The exterior facing wall was covered with
5/8” drywall providing the structure with its appropriate fire
“The new technology in precast concrete panel construction
is now better suited to Canadian conditions,” says Wentz.
“We are able to apply an integrated Styrofoam and insulating
component to the panels that brings it up to a R24
rating. Combined with the speed of installation on the job
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Chris Beebe, longtime owner and founder of the now-closed Foreign Car Specialists on Regent Street, shows off the inside of a 1958 Noble 200 microcar
he’s restoring after the Midwest Microcar Museum in Mazomanie was flooded following August’s torrential rains in Springfield, Wis., Monday, Oct. 15,
2018. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
Wisconsin Man Repairs Museum’s
By Barry Adams | Wisconsin State Journal
SPRINGFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Chris Beebe’s automotive resume is
For more than 45 years he founded, owned and operated
Foreign Car Specialists in Madison, has raced a wide range
of vehicles, worked as a racing instructor, written for automotive
publications and developed hybrid vehicles, including
the prototype for the Chevy Volt. From 2008 to 2011, he and
a team even competed for the Automotive X-Prize.
Water reached the bottom of the windows of the museum’s
historic buildings and filled not only the passenger compartments
of the cars but also the engines, lights and any other
cavity below the waterline. And the water was far from
clean. It contained not only mud, debris and likely sewage,
but also oil from the vehicles. So when the water receded,
every German Messerschmitt and Heinkel Bubblecar, East
German Trabant and English Bond were not only soaked but
left covered in a film of oil.
Beebe’s latest effort is testing all of his skills, patience and his
73-year-old knees and back.
Since late August, Beebe has been self-sequestered in a
storage shed on a farm north of Middleton and just west of
Ashton where he is working to dry out, repair and restart 15
cars and 13 motorcycles from the Midwest Microcar Museum
in Mazomanie that were damaged in late August when
torrential rains flooded the village.
Even the Amphicar, a car that doubles as a boat, was damaged.
It failed to float and the seals on its doors were compromised,
which flooded the interior.
“I’ve seen everything here but I haven’t seen the internals of
many of these so it’s been a real eye-opening experience,”
Beebe told the Wisconsin State Journal as he took a break
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from cleaning the starter for a French-made Renault 4CV.
“You just have to be sensitive as to what water got into
what. It’s really ugly, but at least it’s not salt water, which is
much more corrosive.”
The water quickly receded and the vehicles were pulled from
the six inches of sludge that covered the museum floors before
they were hauled in multiple trips by trailer 22 miles to
the farm shed. But the restoration efforts are complicated by
the design of the vehicles.
The motorcycles are fairly straightforward, but the microcars
have limited access to the engine compartments, so Beebe
wears kneepads and a headlamp. In some cases, he has to
crawl through interiors to reach small openings in the back
of a vehicle to where the engine is located.
And the engines themselves, in many cases, are glorified
lawnmower engines. That means there are no drain plugs, so
motors need to be tilted to drain, which really isn’t an option
since they’re installed in a car body. Putting the vehicles on
a lift doesn’t work because of their odd designs, although
Beebe thought about lifting the cars and then attaching
straps and inverting the vehicles. But because of the logistics,
he has instead chosen to drill into the engines small drain
holes that are then threaded and plugged once the water is
Humidifiers and fans have been constantly running in the
shop and at the museum buildings, while the seats and other
interior coverings have been removed and are now laid out
on the floor of the shed until they can be repaired and put
back into the vehicles by Vic’s Auto Upholstery in DeForest.
Tags with detailed notes have been attached to each car and
motorcycle indicating what has been done so far in the restoration
“He’s a gift from God,” Carlo Krause, a longtime car collector
who opened the museum in 2015, said of Beebe. “You’d
never find another guy around here that even comes close to
what this guy is doing. I nearly kiss the guy every time I see
Krause, 78, bolstered his car-collecting hobby after health
problems forced him to retire about 20 years ago from his
business designing and selling components for automated
processing machinery. His father, who also was an electrical
engineer, started the business in the basement of his home
in Lake Geneva. Krause, who lives just outside of Middleton,
and his son, Sven, got the idea for the museum after some
of their microcars were showcased at a three-day car show
at Discovery World in Milwaukee about five years ago. The
exhibit drew more than 4,000 people.
The first museum building was purchased by Krause in 2015
and is located in the former blacksmith shop of John Parman,
who built the facility across the street from his 1864 brick
home that still stands across the street. All of the vehicles
on the ground floor of the building were damaged but 10
microcars on the second floor remain in place and were unscathed.
The remainder of the collection is about 25 yards to
the west in the Mazomanie’s town hall, constructed in 1878
but now owned by the village. Krause began leasing space
in the building in 2017, made improvements to the structure
and had cars and motorcycles on the ground floor and about
15 motorcycles on the second floor.
Most of the 30 microcars in Krause’s free museum are from
the 1950s and 1960s. He even has a few bicycles with motors
built into their rear wheels. The museum, where damages
are estimated at more than $300,000, likely won’t reopen
until next spring. Meanwhile, dumpsters and construction
trailers dot the village where dozens of homes and commer-
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“If you don’t have anything running and you ever want
to sell it, they’re worthless,” Ingrid Krause, Carlo Krause’s
wife, said during a walk through the damaged buildings in
Mazomanie. “What’s sad is that everything was basically in
Microcars became popular modes of cheap transportation
after World War II and were built by manufacturers across
Europe, including by companies that had been making military
equipment during the war. Most of the early microcars
traveled no faster than 50 mph with 200cc to 250cc, one-cylinder
engines, while later models sported slightly larger
motors that increased speeds to more than 70 mph.
Beebe had visited the Microcar Museum just a week prior
to the flood and reached out to Carlo Krause shortly after
learning of the museum’s plight. Just days later he was at
Krause’s farm shed, which holds other cars in Krause’s collection.
Only now it resembles a working museum of repair.
Doors and small hoods to the vehicles are propped open and
even two months after the flood, dehumidifiers and fans are
constantly running in an effort to draw out moisture from
Beebe and his assistant, Doug Heideman, who worked at
Foreign Car Specialists prior to its closing in 2014, have been
using rags and cleaning solutions to remove mud and oil but
have also flushed engine compartments and chain cases with
a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and WD-40. Wiring has been
repaired and generators, carburetors and anything else that
holds water have been removed (if possible) and dried.
“There was water in everything,” Beebe said. “It’s taken a lot
to get mechanical stuff back working again.”
But the effort to make the microcars whole again has involved
some sleuthing by Beebe, since there are few resources
in the U.S. for repairing the tiny vehicles. So when Beebe
had a question about how much oil was held in the chain
case of a Messerschmitt, he went to a mud-stained membership
publication of a Messerschmitt club that was salvaged
from the floodwaters. Beebe was able to find phone numbers
for two of the four people in the U.S. listed in the 1978
booklet. One of them, from Florida, called back.
“He was so nice. It was really great,” Beebe said. “There are
no manuals for this stuff.”
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Divisive Minnesota Mine Wins Permits,
But Faces Challenges By Jeff Baenen
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Thursday,
Nov. 1, granted key permits to the long-planned PolyMet
copper-mining project that’s opposed by environmentalists
who fear it could someday foul waters, including Lake Superior.
The state Department of Natural Resources issued permits to
PolyMet Mining Inc. for the company’s proposed NorthMet
project in northeastern Minnesota. The project still needs
permits from other agencies, and likely faces court challenges.
“No project in the history of Minnesota has been more
thoroughly evaluated,” DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr
said in announcing approval of permits for the project, first
proposed in 2004.
Environmentalists have opposed the mine for fear it could
pollute pristine waters and destroy habitat for gray wolves
and Canada lynx. The project would be located near tributaries
feeding the St. Louis River, 175 river miles upstream from
Duluth for Clean Water said the proposed mine “would
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Superior, putting our communities and lives in constant
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“The massive open-pit mine would destroy huge swaths of
the Superior National Forest and significantly increase annual
CO2 emissions in Minnesota at the worst possible time,” the
PolyMet contends it can operate the proposed mine near
Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt without harming the environment
while creating hundreds of badly needed jobs on Minnesota’s
“We look forward to building and operating a modern mine
and developing the materials that sustain and enhance our
modern world,” PolyMet President and CEO Jon Cherry said
in a news release. “Responsibly developing these strategic
minerals in compliance with these permits while protecting
Minnesota’s natural resources is our top priority as we move
Paula Maccabee, an attorney for environmental group WaterLegacy,
said environmentalists will likely appeal if permits
are granted, or they could request that the DNR reconsider
The agency issued a permit to mine, six water appropriation
permits, two dam safety permits, a public waters work
permit and an endangered species takings permit for the
project. The permit to mine includes a financial assurance
plan — designed to provide enough money so the DNR can
reclaim and close the mine and plant site in case PolyMet
does not — and a wetland replacement plan. The project still
requires water and air quality permits from the Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency and a wetlands permit from the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Landwehr said the DNR is “confident that the project can be
built, operated, and reclaimed in compliance with Minnesota’s
rigorous environmental standards.”
“Yes, there will be an environmental impact,” Landwehr told
reporters. “Our job is to ensure those environmental impacts
are within state standards, and whenever required, they are
Maccabee and other environmentalists questioned why the
DNR did not conduct a contested case hearing for an independent
review before issuing the permits. But Landwehr
said the project did not meet the standards under state law
for such a trial-like hearing.
“These permits should be reviewed by an independent
administrative law judge to establish the facts before permit
decisions are made,” Kathryn Hoffman, chief executive of
the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, said in a
statement, noting that such hearings are routine for pipelines
and power plants. “It is special treatment for PolyMet
to skip this vital step for the first copper-nickel mine to apply
for permits in Minnesota.”
Minnesota Republican legislative leaders hailed the DNR’s
“This new mine will create many good-paying jobs in Northeastern
Minnesota and provide a real boost to the state’s
economy,” House Speaker Kurt Daudt, a Republican from
Crown, said in a statement.
The project would cost an estimated $945 million to construct.
PolyMet said site preparation and rehabilitation of the
former LTV Steel plant for a copper-nickel processing plant
will continue through the winter and early spring. The company
said the bulk of work is expected to start in the 2019
construction season and last about 24 to 30 months.
Forging Ahead with Advanced HDPE
HDPE Cooling Towers from Delta Cooling are impervious to corrosive
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The forging industry has achieved an impressive place in the
North American industrial economy by producing components
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Forging, a manufacturing process of shaping metal by applying
a variety of powerful compressive forces to it, is known
for producing parts that feature excellent fracture toughness,
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However, delivering on those attributes also requires dealing
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“The tower we were replacing was a traditional steel model
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This cooling tower is used to expel heat from the Building
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“We saw that this was a polymer-based tower that was
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“Essentially, all three machines are cycling the water that
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Then earlier this year, Patriot Forge acquired an additional
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“Both of the quench tanks are 105,000 gallons, and we use
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“We decided on this size and configuration because the
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He notes that installation of the factory-assembled cooling
towers was relatively easy. “The HDPE plastic towers are
lighter, so we were able to use a smaller crane to install
them, which was much more convenient than having to deal
with larger, bulkier cranes.”
Hynes says the towers feature vibration sensors on all fans,
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state is offering safe drinking
water to households in a southeast Alaska town after a toxic
substance was discovered in groundwater.
A dozen private wells in Gustavus qualified to receive
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Canadian Firm Seeks Arkansas Pilot
Plant to Extract Lithium By Kyle Massey
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — Standard Lithium Ltd., the Canadian
company with big plans to tap south Arkansas’ underground
brine stream to extract battery-grade lithium, is
ramping up testing at a pilot crystallization plant in British
Columbia and gaining provisional approval for a pilot extraction
operation west of El Dorado that could be in place
as early as late February.
Standard, of Vancouver, has completed a plant to test its proprietary
selective crystallization process, designed to refine
battery-quality lithium from a solution extracted from brine,
in partnership with Saltworks Technologies Inc. of Richmond,
The technology in the pilot plant, if successful, could end up
refining extracts pulled from South Arkansas brine, which
was found to hold strong concentration of lithium carbonate
in tests of saltwater from two previously drilled oil and gas
wells in south Arkansas.
Lithium, a valuable element used in everything from cellphone
and laptop batteries to the systems of electric automobiles,
could be a boon for Arkansas’ economy if the publicly
traded Canadian company, which has partnered in brine
leases near El Dorado and Magnolia, can prove its ability to
refine battery-grade lithium at an industrial scale.
The prototype pilot plant, which is undergoing commissioning
for operation now, will be operated initially at Saltworks
Technologies’ Richmond facility. Standard Lithium CEO
Robert Mintak said the ultimate goal is to extract the lithium
and then refine it, all in Arkansas.
He added that the Arkansas Oil & Gas Commission is giving
his company a chance to prove its process by operating the
pilot extraction plant with a waiver.
“The purpose is to prove that we can extract lithium with our
selective extraction plan, and then produce battery-grade
material in Arkansas,” Mintak told Arkansas Business in
a recent telephone conversation. “The purpose is to have
everything in Arkansas,” with the pilot extraction technology
in place in the first half of 2019.
“That plant is going to be moved to Arkansas probably
in late February or early March,” Mintak said. “That’s the
extraction pilot plant. The pilot plant in Richmond, on the
other hand, is a plant that converts the extracted lithium
solution into a final battery material. We’ve developed our
own process to crystallize lithium carbonate, and we feel our
own process may be an improvement, but we’re going to be
working with some other industry partners that have crystallizers
in use around the world. We’ll be testing our own
process along with others.”
Saltworks CEO and chief engineer Ben Sparrow said in a
statement that if Standard Lithium likes the results it sees at
the pilot plant in Canada, “we are ready to rapidly deliver a
mobile fully continuous plant and support Standard Lithium
to commercialize this high-potential technology.”
Mintak has cited Arkansas’ regulatory environment, as well
as its vast supply of mineral-dense brine, as factors that led
Standard Lithium to Arkansas.
“We had a meeting with the Oil & Gas Commission a week
ago and gave a presentation to proceed with a waiver,”
Mintak said in early November. “There is not a royalty set as
yet for lithium in Arkansas, so they’re allowing us to prove
the extraction process works as we operate the pilot plant.
Then as we get data on that we’ll start working with them
on the royalty regime.”
Standard Lithium is listed on Canada’s TSC Venture exchange
under the trading symbol SLL and on the OTCQX under the
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Officials: Saline County Dam on Verge
HENSLEY, Ark. (AP) — A dam at a central Arkansas lake has
many safety issues that indicate a lack of maintenance and
could cause the structure to collapse, according to state
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission engineer Stephen
Smedley inspected the Lake Sandy dam this year and identified
needed repairs that could cost at least a half million
dollars, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The commission warned nearby homeowners of issues that
could cause the dam to break, emptying the Saline County
“The internal erosion and voids could cause the dam to collapse,”
a letter to residents stated. “The many slides, slumps,
erosion channels, large trees, rodent activity and animal
burrows on the upstream and downstream slope are very
concerning and indicate a lack of maintenance.”
Property owners worry they’ll be liable for damages if the
unregulated dam fails.
The Lake Sandy Property Owners Association acquired the
dam in 1992 and is responsible for its maintenance. The
association had its last meeting in the mid- to late-1990s, and
residents believe that’s when dam maintenance stopped.
If dues had been collected and used to maintain the dam,
some of the structure’s larger problems could’ve been prevented,
But Mike Oglesby, who lives in a camper by the lake, estimated
that residents haven’t paid dues to the association for at
least 20 years.
Oglesby didn’t know anything about the dam until this year,
and neither did state dam safety officials. Arkansas has data
on 410 regulated dams and nearly 900 more for informational
purposes, but no documentation on Lake Sandy. The Lake
Sandy dam and its ownership aren’t known to the National
Inventory of Dams, either.
“It’s not a matter that the dam will break,” Oglesby said. “It’s
when it will break.”
Tests Find Contamination in
FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — New test results confirm that groundwater
and sewer vapors in an Indianapolis suburb have
cancer-causing chemicals at levels that exceed the Indiana
environmental agency’s safe limits.
Environmental firm EnviroForensics found high levels of
trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene in Franklin, The
Indianapolis Star reported.
TCE and PCE are found in household items, such as cleaning
solutions, but can have harmful health impacts in high concentrations,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told city officials
that it’s monitoring the site formerly used by Amphenol, an
electronics manufacturer. Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett said
the city hired the consulting firm to test if chemicals were
leaving the site.
“We’re all trying to get the same answers and get to the
bottoms of things,” he said. “I told them they need to come
prove to me that everything is fine, and I won’t be convinced
until they’ve done all the testing possible and show me the
EnviroForensics Chief Executive Steve Henshaw said the tests
results show that pollution wasn’t confined. “Clearly they
have not fully remediated or cleaned up the source,” he said.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expanding its
contamination testing area near the manufacturing facility,
The Daily Journal reported. The federal government has also
begun installing air-filtering systems in some residences.
Henshaw said the property’s technology is dated and ineffective.
“This is a classic example of a site that is put on autopilot and
seems to have fallen through the cracks,” he said. “As a result,
follow-up work wasn’t being checked and they assumed
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Co-op Program Teaches Students
Valuable Trade Skills By Ethan Forman
DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — Five years from now, a plumber will
be more important than an attorney.
That’s what Cranney Companies President Brian Cranney
joked last month, before a North Shore Chamber of Commerce
breakfast in Salem.
His point? There aren’t enough plumbers to go around.
Cranney said he doesn’t have enough workers to staff all of
the service trucks for his Danvers company, which provides
plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical services, among
But there’s a solution. Cranney has turned to Essex Tech’s
co-op program, to help train and recruit tomorrow’s plumbers,
electricians and HVAC technicians. His company is one
of several in the region that rely on the technical school for
“It’s the main artery of my business on the North Shore and
how I’ve been able to grow it,” Cranney said. Many of the
Cranney Companies’ Brian Cranney has turned to Essex Tech’s co-op program
to help train and recruit tomorrow’s plumbers, electricians and HVAC
technicians. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/John Phelan)
leaders in his company today were first hired as high school
juniors. They went on to get their various licenses and work
for Cranney full-time.
Essex Tech’s co-op program places juniors and seniors with
businesses in various fields such as plumbing, electrical,
advanced manufacturing, culinary arts and construction, to
name a few.
“It’s the culmination of a student’s program, really,” said
Lisa Berube, Essex Tech’s cooperative education coordinator.
“They come here and they get the skills and the training to
be able to enter the workforce, so the cooperative education
program is that next piece, if you will, that gets them into
the workforce out of the school setting to apply those skills.”
The students work in a co-op job for one week, then take
high-school academic courses the following week, off and on
throughout the school year. They often earn more than the
Culinary arts sophomore Emma Bedard, 15, of Salem, said
she is looking forward to joining the co-op program next
year. Bedard, who aspires to be a baker, was working at the
school’s Maple Street Bistro last month.
“I think it’s amazing because you can actually get the skills
and everything you need and it helps you get jobs going out
of high school,” she said.
“I think it’s pretty close experience to the real world,” said
sophomore Jack Donovan, 16, of Peabody, about what he’s
doing in the school’s advanced manufacturing shop. Donovan
said he had been thinking about a future in mechanical
engineering, but the skills he is learning now are closely
“I also like using my hands and getting dirty. It’s just such a
fun shop to learn in,” said Donovan, who plans to work in a
co-op job next year.
The demand to attend Essex Tech has skyrocketed.
The school has gone from under 1,200 students in 2014 to
1,421 students in 25 career and technical programs. Of the
1,200 applications it gets each year, it only has 375 slots.
The regional school is the result of a merger of the former
North Shore Tech, Essex Aggie and Peabody high school
vocational programs. While it opened several years ago,
Superintendent-Director Heidi Riccio, the guest speaker before
the North Shore Chamber last month, said the school is
already running out of space in some trade areas, including
Riccio said the school depends on business leaders like Cranney
to show the school what it needs to train its students.
“We also look at them as partners,” Riccio said. “They not
only hire our students, but we are also hoping to start an
adult education program to train existing workforce within
that industry, as well as future workforce.”
The construction trades are booming, and that means Essex
Tech co-op students are in demand, said Bonnie Carr, the
school’s community relations and partnership coordinator,
who also undertakes workforce development.
“The kids go out, they work. They (employers) keep them
through the summer. They work all of their senior year, and
then they pick them up after graduation,” Carr said.
Carr said there is a demand for students in culinary arts, given
Salem’s restaurant boom. There is also a demand for those
studying in health care fields. Last year, North Shore Medical
Center took six students who worked in various areas of the
hospital, including the emergency room.
“Our high school nursing students,” Riccio said, “were working
alongside physicians, emergency medical technicians,
Last month, Essex Tech’s plumbing shop was filled with the
sounds of banging as students worked on projects in tall,
Riccio said the program has expanded to the point it ran out
of space for booths. So, the students built more.
Jim Russell, the grade 11 and grade 12 plumbing instructor, is
in charge of connecting students with North Shore plumbing
and heating companies. He said his students are in “huge”
“You know, the kids with the skills here you can’t get this
education even if you are an adult. This doesn’t exist,”
Russell said. “It only exists here, and with only 15 to 18 kids
per class, you know, they have skills that you can’t get at any
“They know how to do everything,” Russell said. “So, the
employers like that because they can train them the way
they want them but they have the basic, raw talent to work
Russell noted there is a shortage of plumbers. Their average
age in Massachusetts is 55. But the base wage of an experienced
union plumber is approximately $55 an hour, Russell
said. Benefits can boost this wage to more than $80 an hour.
“These kids are going to find themselves in a really good job
market,” said plumbing instructor Karl Jacobson. The connection
to local plumbing businesses through the co-op program
is vital. Many Essex Tech graduates stay with the company
they worked for in high school.
In the school’s advanced manufacturing shop, where future
machinists work on high-tech, precision manufacturing
lathes and mills, Riccio noted wages for machinists range
from $16 to $100 an hour. Some students are able to work
weekends making $30 to $40 an hour.
Instructor Jack Fraizer said from what the students are
learning, they can go right into a shop after they graduate.
And they are in demand, now, because many people stopped
going into the field when work moved overseas.
“We can’t even give them enough students because we don’t
have enough to give to them,” Fraizer said. “Right now the
demand for just certain companies I know of ... One just said
they need 300 people within the next year.”
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The November meeting took place at 151 N. Franklin St. downtown, a new place for the Chiefs, and a nice change of pace. We are
grateful to everyone who had a hand in making this event happen, in particular our event sponsors, including presenting sponsor
ComEd and co-sponsors Air Comfort, Altorfer Cat and BEAR Construction. Many thanks to ComEd for the presentation on ComEd’s
Energy Efficiency Program and incentives. We encourage all of our members to investigate the savings of which they can take
advantage through this program.
Thanks to Alex Boerner and Fanning Communications for their assistance in organizing this event, and in organizing all of our
events through the course of the year. We look forward to the December meeting, which is always one of the most festive of the year.
Sponsorships for future events are currently available, so if your organization has interest in being represented at any of the Chief
Engineer events, please reach out to Alex at email@example.com.
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HELP CHICAGO MARRIOTT
COMPLETE CHILLER upgrade
Fan pumps at the Chicago Marriott Downtown
Magnificent Mile. The chiller system services the
hotel’s 970,000 sq. ft.
The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel
occupies an enviable location along the city’s Magnificent
Mile, offering views of the surrounding city and Lake Michigan.
To help the 970,000-square-foot hotel retain its status
as a downtown destination for travelers, management is in
the process of completing a range of upgrades, including an
aesthetic facelift throughout its 1,200 rooms and suites.
Keeping pace with guest-facing enhancements, the hotel is
giving some much-needed attention to its major mechanical
systems — most recently with the installation of new chiller
equipment. As Marriott learned, choosing energy efficiency
equipment not only lowers operating costs but also can earn
incentives from the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. Additionally,
the ComEd Energy Efficiency program offers a variety
of options, including direct incentives, to help customers
pay for these improvements.
Setting Sights on Improvements
For more than 40 years, the Chicago Marriott Downtown
Magnificent Mile had relied on its original mechanical equipment
to keep guests comfortable year round. In particular,
two 1,200-ton chillers worked in concert with a cooling tower
on the roof to keep the hotel’s guest rooms and suites air
conditioned during the hottest months of the year. Though
still functioning, that original equipment was struggling
to keep up with the demand. According to Ty Sanders, the
hotel’s director of engineering, the chillers were beyond the
end of their useful lives, and it was time to explore options
to bring the system up to date.
Another view of a fan pump installed as part of
the chiller replacement at the Chicago Marriott
Downtown Magnificent Mile.
Chicago Marriott Downtown
Magnificent Mile Hotel
Tower and Chiller upgrades
Estimated first-year energy savings:
ComEd Energy Efficiency Program
Total Project cost: $3,795,000
Incremental cost for high-efficiency
Estimated annual electric cost savings:
over $200,000 in
incentives for its chiller
because the team
In 2011, Marriott called on a longtime professional partner
to provide recommendations for replacing the old equipment.
Grumman/Butkus Associates (G/BA), a consulting and
engineering firm that specializes in energy efficiency and
(Continued on page 40)
Estimated payback after incentives:
Replacing the chillers at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
would have been a much tougher decision without the incentives provided
by ComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program.
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The chillers at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent
Mile hotel were located in one of the least accessible
parts of the building. The new chillers had to be disassembled
and brought through the elevator shaft.
sustainable design, completed a master survey of the hotel.
“All the equipment was doing its best, but it was coming up
against age and efficiency problems,” said Eric Rosenberg, a
project manager at G/BA. “Reliability was always in the back
of everyone’s mind. Marriott didn’t want the equipment to
fail one day. So we helped them devise a plan for making
G/BA presented Marriott with a report summarizing the
condition of major equipment throughout the hotel and
suggested ways to move forward while saving energy and
money. The report provided a framework to help the hotel’s
ownership to weigh funding, capital planning and anticipated
operational disruptions that could play a role in project
While modernizing the hotel’s interior spaces, Marriott management
decided to replace the chillers during an upcoming
heating season. The upgrade process involved competitive
bidding among Chicago-area contractors. In the end, Marriott
selected Mechanical Incorporated as the project’s general
“We faced some highly-respected competition during this
process. I specifically put together a team for the build out of
this job, and since we’ve worked together for 25 years, it was
only right,” said Kirk Jurinek, a senior project manager at
Mechanical Incorporated. “We’ve probably installed 60 to 70
chillers, so I think that was refreshing to both Marriott and
Bringing in Energy Efficiency
Once Mechanical Incorporated was chosen in 2017, construction
could begin. One of the first and most important decisions
made to improve energy efficiency was to downsize the
two existing 1,200-ton chillers and replace them with three
Adding a third chiller gave Marriott greater flexibility of
temperature control throughout the property, and provided
redundancy in case a backup should be needed.
“They really only needed to run both chillers at full capacity
a couple days of the year,” said Rosenberg at G/BA. “But because
of the chiller size, even on a mild day, they might have
needed to use both of them. Smaller equipment allows for
greater flexibility in switching from one to another. It’s just a
better way to run the building without relying on two older
pieces of equipment.”
Jurinek’s team at Mechanical Incorporated designed a
three-dimensional building information model to show
exactly how the new equipment would fit into Marriott’s existing
layout. The model enabled contractors, engineers and
Marriott staff to envision the completed installation before
any equipment even arrived.
“The modeling really helped with the efficiency of the
installation,” Jurinek said. “Because Marriott’s engineers
know their building so well, they were able to offer helpful
logistical insight throughout the project.”
Construction began in October 2017 to coincide with the
hotel’s heating season. Marriott’s Sanders said this step minimized
any impacts on operations, as the hotel primarily runs
boilers during the colder months.
“We also had been under renovation for four years, so we
were used to cycling materials in and out of the building,”
Jurinek agreed that cooler outdoor temperatures made fall a
prime time to start the chiller replacement. However, he described
a few additional obstacles that crews worked around
to prevent any disruption to hotel guests and employees.
“The chillers are tucked below the hotel’s loading dock in
one of the least accessible parts of the building,” he said.
“Though the new chillers are smaller than the previous
equipment, they still had to be completely disassembled to
be brought in through the elevator shaft.”
To coordinate all the moving pieces, Mechanical Incorporated
oversaw the various trade professionals to complete
the installation on time and on schedule. Grumman Butkus
worked diligently to help Marriott secure thousands of
dollars in incentives through the ComEd Energy Efficiency
Negligible interruption to daily operations confirmed Marriott’s
decision to make this energy efficiency upgrade a
Back view of the fan pumps at the Chicago
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
priority. The availability of incentives from ComEd made the
chiller replacement a no-brainer.
“The rebates were a nice bonus to move the project forward,”
said Sanders. “They made the approval process go
Marriott received over $200,000 in incentives for its chiller
replacement project because the team chose qualifying
“The ComEd program is particularly nice because it has
prescriptive options where you can almost check the box. If
you install this piece of equipment, you’ll get this incentive
amount,” Rosenberg said.
Everything from high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment
to LED lighting and variable frequency drives for motors
and fans can qualify for incentives.
“And the utility also offers custom options if you’re doing
something a little more involved,” Rosenberg added. “If you
have an idea that reduces electricity use, the custom program
is there to provide incentives to move the project forward.”
ComEd’s custom incentives are based on the actual kilowatt-hour
savings achieved by a project in the first year after
it is completed. Qualifying projects can earn incentives up to
$0.07 per kWh saved in the first year.
“It’s a great way to get people to think beyond the cheapest
approach,” said Rosenberg. “With greater energy efficiency
and better products moving forward, customers can save
even more on energy costs over time.”
Recognizing Multiple Benefits
Following a seamless approval and installation process, Sanders
said the hotel has achieved numerous benefits from the
new cooling equipment.
“Our energy savings from the chillers add up to approximately
$100,000 per year,” he said. “Our guests and employees
are more comfortable. From a maintenance perspective,
we’ve received fewer service calls, and the new equipment
allows us to operate more efficiently during periods between
the heating and cooling seasons.”
The addition of the third chiller also gives Marriott more
flexibility to control the temperature in spaces across the
hotel. “With the old equipment, if they had to shut down
one chiller during the summer, they could run into issues,”
Jurinek said. “Now they have the luxury of energy savings,
with greater options for operations and maintenance.”
Investments in energy efficiency also can yield benefits that
last for years to come. “People used to look at their energy
bills and say, ‘We’ve got to do something to lower them,’”
Rosenberg added. “Now, many people think beyond that
and try to make things better not only for themselves, but
also for future generations. There is a nice ripple effect with
reduced energy consumption.”
Building for the Future
Sanders described Marriott’s chiller replacement project as a
complete success and encourages other businesses to pursue
energy-saving options. “Not only will these upgrades help
preserve our natural resources, but the cost savings are an
immediate benefit to our ownership,” he said.
Rosenberg applauds Marriott’s leadership and approach in
replacing outdated equipment before experiencing major
issues from a failed system. He advises other businesses to
take a similar route.
“If you can plan for upgrades and get started before it
becomes an urgent need, you’ll be able to find the best longterm
solutions for your business,” Rosenberg said. “With
incentives offered through the ComEd Energy Efficiency
Program, you can save even more on the upfront cost. Now is
a great time to invest in improving your energy efficiency.”
For more information on incentives available for energy
efficiency upgrades and how ComEd can help, visit ComEd.
com/BizIncentives, call (855) 433-2700 or email BusinessEE@
ComEd.com for businesses, or PublicSectorEE@ComEd.com
for public sector customers.
Terms and conditions apply.
Actual savings will vary by customer’s energy usage and rate.
© Commonwealth Edison Company, 2018
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded in compliance with state law.
Not an easy install: chiller at the Chicago
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
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Michigan Officials Urge Bridge
Authority to OK Pipeline Deal By John Flesher
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials took another
step Nov. 8 toward construction of an oil pipeline tunnel
beneath the channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan
by asking the Mackinac Bridge Authority to accept oversight
responsibility for the proposed structure.
Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh and
two consultants pitched the plan to the bridge authority.
No vote was taken but the authority heard dozens of public
comments, most opposed to the project as potentially posing
a risk to the Straits of Mackinac and the area’s fishing and
“Don’t ram this down our throats. Don’t rush things,” said
Bay Mills Indian Community chairman Bryan Newland, who
added that the project would violate native fishing treaty
Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration reached a deal last month
with Enbridge Inc. to drill the tunnel beneath the Straits of
Mackinac over 7 to 10 years at a cost of up to $500 million,
which the company would pay. The bridge authority would
assume ownership after completion and lease the tunnel
back to Enbridge for 99 years.
It would replace an underwater segment of Enbridge’s Line
5, which carries about 23 million gallons of oil and natural
gas liquids daily. Environmentalists are pushing to decommission
the twin lines, which have been in place since 1953,
while the company says they’re in good condition.
A crucial part of Snyder’s plan is putting the bridge authority
in charge of the tunnel, even though the authority’s only responsibility
since its founding has been managing the 5-milelong
bridge linking Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Michael Mooney, a Colorado School of Mines expert on
tunnel design and consultant for the state, said the tunnel
proposal is sound and would provide extra protection by
encasing the new pipeline in concrete.
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In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, wind turbines stand over a farmhouse near Northwood, Iowa, not unlike the ones that will be coming down in Fairbank.
Greater resistance to wind power is being felt in many parts of the nation, largely because of difficulty living with the huge turbines required. (AP Photo/
Charlie Neibergall, File)
Wind Towers Coming Down Under
FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) — Developers are taking down three
northeast Iowa wind turbine towers under court orders.
The first was removed last week and the second is going
down this week, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.
The 450-foot-tall (137 meters) towers were erected in 2015
just east of Fairbank in Fayette County. They drew opposition
from housing developers and neighboring homeowners who
believed the towers would be detrimental to the city.
Fairbank City Council members filed a lawsuit that said the
county issued construction permits without following zoning
ordinances. Woods Construction, which had been developing
a residential subdivision near the wind farm, filed a separate
A judge sided with the city in 2016, and the Iowa Supreme
Court upheld that ruling. The turbines must be removed by
Resident Joyce Kerns said she’s happy with the decision to
remove the turbines.
“I’m thrilled,” Kerns said. “The constant whoosh, whoosh,
whoosh sound they make is nonstop, and the shadow effect
was like I was back in the ’70s with the disco strobe light.”
The developers — Mason Wind, Dante Wind 6, Galileo Wind
1 and Venus Wind 4 — are still appealing in the courts. The
companies requested a variance from the Fayette County
Board of Adjustment to allow the turbines to remain. The
companies are appealing the board’s June decision to deny
“While we continue to seek other avenues to allow those investments
in wind energy to remain in Fayette County, until
we get a different ruling the wind LLCs will continue to fully
comply with the order currently in effect,” said Bret Dublinske,
an attorney for the companies.
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Mortenson Completes Enclosure of
Halas Hall Addition for NFL’s Chicago
The current project follows the 2013 Halas Hall renovation
led by Mortenson that upgraded the Bears’ business offices
and added a state-of-the art media and broadcast center,
viewing suite and cafeteria. One of the top three national
sports builders, Mortenson has completed more than $8
billion in professional and college sports facilities in the past
“We want to use every advantage to help our players and
coaches succeed, and a first-class training and recovery center
is key to our team development plan,” said Bears President
and CEO Ted Phillips. “Mortenson has worked closely
with us to complete the expansion and remodeling of Halas
Hall as quickly as possible, even as the team and business
office staff continue using the building.”
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Mortenson is on track to complete its expansion and renovation of Halas
Hall before the start of next year’s football season.
Chicago — Mortenson has completed the enclosure of the
major new addition to Halas Hall, putting it on track to complete
the expansion and renovation of the home of the Chicago
Bears National League Football team before the start
of next year’s football season. The modernization, including
the 162,500 square foot addition that more than doubles
the size of the Bears’ headquarters, will deliver an expansive,
state-of-the-art training center for players, coaches and the
entire football operation.
“The Chicago Bears are investing for now and the future
with this world-class facility. The Bears are providing all of
the tools, equipment, technology and amenities to help its
players and coaches prepare and perform at their best,” said
Lori Leber, Mortenson design phase executive who is overseeing
• 13,000 square foot indoor turf field with projection screen,
virtual reality room and adjacent classrooms for learning
and practicing plays
• Expanding the weight room by 2,000 square feet
• Doubling the size of the equipment room, recovery space,
and nutrition and fuel station
• Building new locker rooms, players lounge
• Expanding coaches’ offices, position meeting rooms, and
• Increasing by four times the hydrotherapy and sports medicine
Meeting the ambitious construction schedule while the
building is occupied requires careful staging and coordination
of work supported by innovative Lean construction
techniques. The Bears organization brought in Mortenson
from the start, so the builder could play a key role in informing
the building plan, design and layout. Mortenson
worked with the design team and the Bears to optimize the
floor plan so that it would provide the least disruption to the
Bears’ ongoing operations. For example, Mortenson advised
on the ideal location for the demolition of the north addition
to occur. This allowed for optimal construction phasing
which made it possible for the Bears to remain in their
existing locker room until the first phase of construction was
completed. Mortenson also used prefabricated wall panels
to reduce installation time, enabling the team to meet the
accelerated construction schedule.
Mortenson and its subcontractors are using the Lean approaches
of 5S and Pull Planning to increase productivity
and safety. 5S, which stands for sort, straighten, shine,
standardize and sustain, makes construction sites cleaner and
more efficient. With Pull Planning, Mortenson and its trade
partners collectively determine the best work sequences and
durations, identify conflicts and develop solutions. These
strategies are especially effective at the Lake Forest, Ill. site,
where the team has minimal space onsite to stage and store
materials and must rely on just-in-time deliveries.
Mortenson broke ground on the addition in March.
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Taco Names Three New Regional Sales
Taco Comfort Solutions has named John Morgan, Area VP,
Western US. His responsibilities include managing all sales
revenue activities for the Commercial and Wholesale channels.
With 25+ years of experience including sales, operations and
marketing, Morgan brings significant background well suited
for growth at Taco. His experience includes positions as senior
vice president at a Fortune 500 medical device company.
He was also the West business unit leader for Scotland-based
AGGREKO, PLC — a global leader in providing temporary
power generation and temperature control. He also served
for four years as president of California-based Veritas Medical
— a medical device distributor and sales organization.
Morgan holds a BS in Business Administration from the University
of CT and has done post-graduate work at the Harvard
Business School and at IMD Business School in Lausanne,
Taco Comfort Solutions has promoted Ric Turmel to Area VP,
Central US. His responsibilities include managing all sales revenue
activities for the Commercial and Wholesale channels.
Previously at Taco, Turmel lead the business development
and commercial sales teams and the iWorX controls group.
Turmel holds LEED AP certification from the USGBC. He has
an engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, a BA degree in business administration from Post
University, and also studied at the University of Maine.
Taco Comfort Solutions also promoted Geoffry Bent to
Southeast Region Manager, Commercial Products. Previously,
he was a regional sales manager for Taco’s building automation
system product group. Before his new position at Taco,
Bent was construction sales manager for Johnson Controls,
among other roles.
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Sioux Falls Manages Contaminated
Water From Toxic Foam
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are grappling
with well shutdowns as the extent of the city’s water contamination
from decades of firefighting foam use remains
Sioux Falls currently has 19 municipal wells sitting dormant
in the aftermath of innumerable gallons of toxic firefighting
foam that contaminated the grounds of the city airport nearly
50 years ago, the Rapid City Journal reported. Chemicals
linked to cancer and other health issues were found to have
contaminated 15 municipal wells, including 10 that have
concentrations above what the Environmental Protection
Agency deems safe.
About 28 percent of the city’s water production from the Big
Sioux aquifer is shut down.
The South Dakota Air National Guard and the Sioux Falls
Fire Department both used the toxic firefighting foam for
many years near the airport, which led to the contamination
of the city’s drinking water. But the scope of the issue is still
“We really haven’t determined the extent of release yet,”
said Capt. Jessica Bak, a public affairs officer with the Air
Guard at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
In 2013, the city’s water purification plant found chemicals
from firefighting foam, known as per and polyfluoroalkyl
substances (PFAS), at levels below the EPA’s health advisory
level. The level of exposure beneath the EPA’s threshold
means there aren’t expected adverse health risks.
The city responded to the findings by testing all municipal
wells to identify the source and shutting down every well
where the chemicals were found.
City engineer Tim Stefanich, who oversees the water system,
acknowledged that “there was a little bit of time between”
finding the contamination, determining its source and deciding
to shut off wells. But he said that there was minimal fear
of an immediate health risk with the low levels of exposure.
The city tested for PFAS again in 2014 as part of an EPA-mandated
water sampling program, but didn’t detect any of the
chemicals. The city tested again in 2016, when some low
levels were found.
The city shut off more wells, leading to the 19 wells offline
today. Water leaving the city’s purification plant is now
sampled monthly, and no water samples have contained the
chemicals since 2016.
Stefanich and Trent Lubbers, the city’s utilities operation
administrator, believe the contaminated water situation is
The city has been purchasing water from the Lewis and Clark
Regional Water system, a nonprofit, wholesale provider of
treated water. But Sioux Falls will likely need a more sustainable
“They have the short term kind of covered,” said Mark
Meyer, drinking water program administrator for the state’s
Department of Environment & Natural Resources. “But as we
march into the future, having 28 percent of their well capacity
offline, the future is going to come sooner than later.”
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Apple Offers Range of iPhones, From
$450 to $1,100New Mobile App
This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, photo shows from left the iPhone 8, iPhone 8
Plus, and the iPhone XR in New York. The new XR phone has a larger display
and loses the home button to make room for more screen. (AP Photo/
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple’s new iPhone XR has most of the
features found in the top-of-the-line iPhone XS Max, but not
its $1,100 price tag. The XR offers the right trade-offs for just
For something cheaper, you’ll need to look in the iPhone history
bin. Older models are still quite good. If you’re shopping
for a new phone, it pays to think hard about what you really
want and what you’re willing to pay for it. Improvements
over the previous generation tend to be incremental, but can
add up over time — and so do the sums you’ll pay for them.
iPHONE 7 ($449)
The big jump in iPhone cameras came a generation earlier
with the iPhone 6S, when Apple went from 8 megapixels to
12 megapixels in resolution. With the iPhone 7, the front
camera goes from 5 megapixels to 7 megapixels, so selfies
don’t feel as inferior.
The iPhone 7 is Apple’s first to lose the standard headphone
jack. Headphones go into its Lightning port, which is used
for both charging and data transfer. It’s a pain when you
want to listen to music while recharging the phone. For that,
you need $159 wireless earphones called AirPods. Apple no
longer includes an adapter for standard headphones; one
will set you back $9 if you need it.
iPHONE 7 Plus ($569)
This larger version of the iPhone 7 has a second camera lens
in the back, allowing for twice the magnification without
any degradation in image quality. It also lets the camera
gauge depth and blur backgrounds in portrait shots,
something once limited to full-featured SLR cameras. The
dual-lens camera alone is a good reason to go for a Plus,
though the larger size isn’t a good fit for those with small
hands or small pockets.
iPHONE 8 ($599)
New color filters in the camera produce truer and richer colors,
while a new flash technique tries to light the foreground
and background more evenly. Differences are subtle, though.
The year-old model, similar in size to the iPhone 7, restores a
glass back found in the earliest iPhones. That’s done so you
can charge it on a wireless-charging mat, which also solves
the problem of listening to music while charging. But with
more glass, it’s even more important to get a case and perhaps
a service plan.
iPHONE 8 Plus ($699)
Again, the Plus version has a larger screen and a second lens.
For those shots with blurred backgrounds, a new feature lets
you add filters to mimic studio and other lighting conditions.
iPHONE XR ($749)
The display on Apple’s latest model, which comes out Friday,
lacks the vivid colors, contrast quality and resolution of
the pricier iPhone XS and XS Max. As with the XS models,
though, you’ll still get a display that largely runs from edge
to edge. Gone is most of the surrounding bezel along with
the home button. Many tasks now require swipes rather
than presses. The fingerprint ID sensor is replaced with facial
recognition to unlock the phone. There’s more display than
the regular XS, but the phone itself is also larger — just not
as large as the Max.
The camera continues to improve, with better focus and
low-light capabilities. Many shots now blend four exposures
rather than two for better lighting balance in suboptimal
conditions. The XR doesn’t have the dual-lens camera,
though it can offer some of the blurred-background effect
iPHONE XS ($999)
As with the iPhone X it replaces, the new XS also has an
edge-to-edge display. The display has about the same surface
area as the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus, while the phone
itself is only slightly larger than the regular iPhone 7 and 8.
Improved display technology means vivid colors and better
contrasts, including black that is black rather than simply
dark. You also get a dual-lens camera.
iPHONE XS Max ($1,099)
This is essentially the “Plus” version of the iPhone XS. The
phone itself is about the size of the Plus, but with more room
for the display. This phone won’t feel big for existing Plus users,
but think twice if you have small hands or small pockets.
While Supplies Last
Apple no longer sells the iPhone SE, which is essentially a
three-year-old iPhone 6S, packed in a body that’s smaller but
thicker than the iPhone 7 and 8. Though the trend in phones
has been to go bigger, some people preferred the smaller
size — and the $350 price tag. You can try to get it from
some wireless carriers and other retailers, at least for now.
All in the Memory
If you get an SE, 7 or 7 Plus, consider spending another $100
to quadruple the storage. Those phones come with a paltry
32 gigabytes, just half of what’s standard these days. If you
don’t upgrade, you risk filling up your phone quickly with
photos, video, songs and podcasts.
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Can a Holographic Screen Help a New
Phone Break Out? By Anick Jesdanun
NEW YORK (AP) — Most leading phones offer the same
basics: Big screens, decent battery life and good cameras. So
when a newcomer brings something innovative to the party,
why is it difficult to break through a phone market dominated
by Apple and Samsung?
One such smartphone was released Nov. 2 from Red, a
company with roots in digital cameras for movie productions.
The new Hydrogen One has a holographic screen that
produces 3D visuals without needing special glasses. It is
launching with two major movies converted to this format
and allows users to create and share their own videos shot
with the phone.
Red’s goals are modest — about 16 million units a year,
based on Red’s stated target of 0.5 percent of Samsung’s
sales. But Red will need customers beyond the tech elite
and camera buffs; it’ll need their friends and friends of their
friends. It doesn’t help that the Hydrogen One carries a hefty
$1,295 price tag.
“The Red Hydrogen One stands little chance of upsetting the
smartphone status quo,” said Geoff Blaber, a research analyst
at CCS Insight.
Chipping away at Apple’s and Samsung’s dominance is much
harder than it used to be because phone innovation isn’t so
much about hardware any more, Creative Strategies analyst
Carolina Milanesi said. What matters more, she said, is the
software and artificial intelligence behind it.
Consider Apple’s new iPhones. Sure, the new XR and XS models
all have decent screens, battery life and cameras. But Apple
has also been emphasizing such software-based features
as augmented reality, artificial intelligence and automation
using the Siri digital assistant. Or take Samsung’s Galaxy Note
9. Signature features include the use of AI to automatically
While the Hydrogen One’s screen is different, Milanesi said,
it’s not necessarily something the mass market will gravitate
The Red Hydrogen One smartphone in New York. The new Hydrogen One has a holographic screen that produces 3D visuals without needing special
glasses. It is launching with two major movies converted to this format and allows users to create and share their own videos shot with the phone. (AP
Red founder Jim Jannard said his phone is about making
waves in a sea of smartphone sameness.
“We don’t buy the same make, model or color of car that
our next-door neighbor has,” he said. “It’s important to keep
this industry pushing along ... and give people some new
choice. What we’ve done is pretty nuts.”
The phone started selling Nov. 2 through AT&T and Verizon
in the U.S.
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Red calls the screen technology 4V, for four view, which is
another way of saying it’s doubling what twin-lens 3D cameras
produce by adding depth data to each image. There’s
a special material under the screen that lets 4V photos and
video appear to the viewer in 3D. Images that aren’t shot or
converted to this format will look the same as they do on any
other screen. Attempts to photograph a 4V screen will also
produce images that don’t look any different.
Yet the 3D wizardry indeed works, though it’s more pronounced
in some scenes than others. Images of a soccer goalie
blocking a shot feels realistic, but a waterfall at Yosemite
National Park looks like video taken with a regular camera
(though leaves in the foreground looked 3D). The Red phone
might remind you of holographic stickers in which the view
shifts slightly as you tilt them.
The Warner Bros. studio is giving customers of parent company
AT&T two free 4V movies: the first Harry Potter prequel,
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Steven
Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which is set in a virtual world.
The studio plans to convert about a half-dozen other movies
initially. Red will have tools for producers to convert existing
3D video into the 4V format.
The Hydrogen One also has twin lenses in the back to capture
4V photos and video. Trouble is, people you share them
with will get a normal image unless they also have a Hydrogen
The phone also has a handful of 4V games.
Red’s 4V could run into the same problems that virtual reality
has faced. People haven’t been rushing out for headsets,
while video creators haven’t been rushing out to make VR
experiences. There’s a chicken-and-egg problem at play.
Beyond the fancy screen, the phone is thick at a time Apple
and Samsung make thinner phones. That’s done to fit in
a bigger battery, with 12 percent more capacity than the
super-charged Note 9. The sides have ridges to improve the
grip. The phone has pins for expansion modules, such as
an adapter for any standard SLR lens. (Incidentally, a major
manufacturer that tried this modularization approach, LG,
backed away from it after a year.)
Jannard has a history of disrupting other industries, too. He
previously founded Oakley, which became a force in sunglasses
using many of the word-of-mouth techniques he is
hoping to replicate with the new phone.
“We’re not trying to win over the whole world,” he said.
“We’re trying to provide a phone that we hope enough
people like. Otherwise, I’m going to own the single most
expensive cellphone in the world, and I’m happy with that.”
Taco Introduces eLink Connectivity
With the addition of eLink, Taco Comfort Solutions® avails
rapid, mobile access to all product information.
eLink uses NFC tags installed on Taco products to provide
users with all relevant information by linking to a digital
document library of the most up-to-date documentation and
information for that specific piece of equipment.
By simply tapping an Android or Apple device to the eLink
NFC tag on the Taco product, users quickly access information
such as technical specs, repair parts, tech support contact, rep
information, catalog sheets, CAD/REVIT files and more.
A variety of Taco pumps are now equipped with eLink tags,
as well as most thermal fabricated products, like heat exchangers,
tanks, and large air separators.
For more information, please visit www.TacoComfort.com.
By tapping your Android or Apple device to the eLink NFC tag on Taco
products, users can now quickly access a wide variety of in-depth information
on the product, from technical specs to CAD/REVIT files.
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RectorSeal Introduces Smart Water Leak
Monitoring, Detection and Prevention System
RectorSeal® LLC, Houston, a leading manufacturer of quality
plumbing and HVAC/R products, introduces TripleGuard,
a smart electronic water leak monitoring, detection and
prevention system product line that guards against property
damaging, infrastructure water source leaks in residential
and commercial real estate.
Available through North American plumbing and HVAC/R
wholesalers, TripleGuard is ideal for any real estate owner
or manager overseeing property with dish washers, clothes
washers, sinks, hot water heaters, hydronic/plumbing piping
and other potential water leak sources.
TripleGuard consists of two products that are maintenance-free
and installable in less than an hour: 1) the Triple-
Guard Smart for Cloud-based monitored facility leak protection;
and 2) the TripleGuard Active appliance lead shutoff,
designed mainly for single-source protection such as water
While the plumbing industry currently has many leak detectors,
few brands actually proactively stop water flow and
subsequent property damage while also enabling the user
with cloud-based control remotely or onsite via smartphones
or the Internet. “Statistics reveal North American water
damage insurance claims total billions of dollars annually
and 250-gallons (946-liters) of water can potentially leak
daily from just an 1/8-inch (3-mm) crack in a pipe,” said Brian
Ilagan, TripleGuard senior product manager.
The TripleGuard Smart system includes:
• Actuator shutoff unit for the supply water line. The actuator
is a high-torque design that fits over a 3/4, 1, or 1-1/4-
inch (228, 305, 381-mm) ball valve (sold separately) on a
building or zone’s primary water supply piping. It operates
wireless with 4 AA batteries. The actuator is designed
to withstand fully-submersed natural flooding situations
and in temperature extremes from -4°F to 124°F (-20°C
to 51°C) temperatures The actuator automatically closes
and opens the ball valve monthly to proactively prevent
scale buildup, thus requiring no maintenance other than
battery replacement every four years;
• Two water leak detectors. The sensors require two
AA-batteries and placement under a potential water leak
source. Maintenance requires battery change out every
• A Cloud-connected HUB. A 915-Mhz wireless device
connects to the Cloud via Wi-Fi or a hard-wired modem
Ethernet connection. The smart device accepts wireless
communications from the sensors, and then monitors sensor
status (scalable up to 30 sensors/HUB). When a sensor
detects water, the HUB receives the communication and
then wirelessly signals the actuator to close. HUB maintains
a historical record of sensors for troubleshooting
and status reports.
• A smartphone app. The app allows remote access to the
HUB for monitoring and controlling operation. The app
can also be used to manually shutdown the building or
HUB zone water supply remotely when unoccupied.
The TripleGuard Active is a one-piece actuator valve that
monitors and detects water heater leaks. Its single 10-footlong
(3-meter), umbilical cord-connected sensor placed in the
water heater pan automatically deactivates the cold water
shutoff valve when detecting a water leak presence. “Statistics
reports that 75-percent of water heaters fail within 12
years and cause property damage,” added Ilagan.
The TripleGuard product line’s other features include:
One-year product warranty;
• Valve is NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF-61) and NSF-372 certified
for potable water;
• Multiple kits can be observed simultaneously on a manifest
monitoring system for Home Owner Associations
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and other overseers of large facilities with multiple units:
• Potential for reducing property insurance premiums and
satisfying insurers’ water leak policy provisions;
• Future generations will integrate with Internet of Things
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Danfoss Variable-Speed Compressors
With IDV Create Efficiency Opportunities
Danfoss has added new 8.5-ton and 11-ton* variable-speed
compressors with intermediate discharge valves to its popular
VZH range, giving commercial cooling manufacturers the
market’s most complete choice of variable-speed scrolls with
The new inverter scrolls are ideal for data center close
controls and rooftop units, enabling precise, energy-efficient
cooling. These compressors are also an excellent fit for
rooftop units, helping OEMs meet challenging new seasonal
and part-load efficiency standards, like the US Department
of Energy’s (DOE) energy conservation regulations beginning
in 2023. Likewise, for chillers, the Danfoss VZH range will
enable OEMs develop a competitive range of systems capable
of exceeding the demanding Ecodesign Lot 21 targets coming
into effect in 2021.
According to Luigi Zamana, senior marketing director for
Danfoss Commercial Compressors, “The extended VZH range
gives OEMs the opportunity to work with a single, proven
supplier of prequalified variable-speed compressor and drive
Cooling manufacturers are therefore under pressure to improve
part-load efficiency in order to satisfy DOE regulations
and continue to sell units in major world markets. With their
ability to continuously modulate capacity, variable-speed
compressors are a key part of meeting this challenge.
Danfoss VZH scrolls go even further. They feature intermediate
discharge valves (IDVs), which prevent over-compression
losses that compromise efficiency in standard scroll technology
under part-load conditions. The result is a significant
improvement in integrated efficiency scores. Efficiency is
further improved with state-of-the-art permanent magnet
motors that help reduce power consumption under all operating
Tailor-Made for Rooftop Units and IT Close Controls
Energy efficiency is particularly important in data center
cooling applications. With round-the-clock cooling demand,
each incremental reduction in power consumption has a
large impact on energy bills, giving IDVs a clear advantage in
making data centers more sustainable as IDVs deliver much
higher system efficiency for the same cooling capacity, especially
at very high evaporating temperatures (low pressure
ratios) that are typical of data centers.
But servers also need precise conditions to function reliably,
and variable-speed technology gives the unparalleled ability
to achieve a narrow, 0.54 °F (0.3 °C) temperature window,
without sacrificing power usage effectiveness (PUE).
Additionally, the VZH’s extended operating map and ability
to work in a wide range of conditions, makes it an obvious
choice for IT close control systems, as well as rooftop units in
markets where seasonal efficiency is a priority.
Prequalified Packages Accelerate Time to Market
Danfoss is able to supply properly-sized compressors and
drives as a matched, prequalified and certified package. This
ability dramatically accelerates the development process,
allowing OEMs to bring new, more efficient units to market
A Road Map to Lower GWP
Currently, VZH compressors are approved for use with
R-410A, a refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential
(GWP) of less than 2500. Danfoss’ commitment to lower-GWP
alternatives — including its new, 3000-m2 testing facility for
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Larson Electronics Releases North/South
Electronics’ powerful explosion-proof contactor is made of
copper-free aluminum with an electrostatically applied powder
The explosion-proof contactor is rated NEMA Type 3, 4,
4X, 7 (B, D, D) and 9 (E, F, G) and is designed to withstand
harsh environments and operating conditions. Ideal applications
include hazardous locations, HVAC systems, industrial
motors, compressors, chemical processing, welding, heating
equipment, manufacturing sites and more. The EXP-CTR-3P-
35A-240V-2X0.75NS is listed for the United States, Canada,
Europe and Asia.
“This contactor allows safe electrical connections in flammable
environments,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics
LLC. “Operators can choose between a normally open
or normally closed configuration depending on the logistics
of the couplings’ application.”
Morehouse Offers Two New Portable
Morehouse’s new portable models are for calibrating force-measuring
devices with capacities from 25 lbf through 10,000 lbf
YORK, Pa. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Morehouse Instrument
Company has introduced two portable calibrating machines.
One of the machines is a 2,000 lbf capacity portable calibrating
machine (PCM) which is capable of calibrating various
types of load cells, hand-held force gauges, and other
force-measuring devices with capacities from 25 lbf through
2,000 lbf while providing stable control to within 0.01 lbf.
The PCM solves a safety issue associated with small force
measurement below 500 lbf. It eliminates the need for the
technician to carry or stack weights, which protects employees
as those weights are often heavy and can lead to various
The other machine is a 10,000 lbf capacity portable benchtop
calibrating machine (BCM). The benchtop machine allows for
calibration of force-measuring equipment with capacities of
100 lbf through 10,000 lbf. It takes up less than a 2’ x 2’ area
and was designed to calibrate a large range of equipment.
The system provides a fine control that enables the technician
to calibrate several load cells, crane scales, dynamometers,
and other force equipment while controlling the force
to as little as 0.05 lbf throughout the range.
Larson Electronics’ explosion-proof contactor is ideal for use in ATEX-rated,
flammable and combustible sites.
KEMP, Texas (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Larson Electronics, a
Texas-based company with more than 40 years of experience
spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sector,
announced the release of an explosion-proof contactor
designed for secure connections to circuits and motors in
ATEX-rated, flammable and combustible sites. This 35-amp,
three-pole unit is compatible with 240V AC 50/60Hz and has
a choice of a NO or NC configuration.
The EXP-CTR-3P-35A-240V-2X0.75NS is a durable explosion-proof
contactor featuring two 3/4” NPT hubs for the
north and south sides of the unit – one for each side. Larson
About Larson Electronics LLC: Larson Electronics LLC is a manufacturer
of industrial lighting equipment and accessories.
The company offers an extensive catalog of industry-grade
lighting and power distribution products for the following
sectors: manufacturing, construction, food processing, oil
and gas, military, marine and automobile. Customers can
benefit from the company’s hands-on, customized approach
to lighting solutions. Larson Electronics provides expedited
service for quotes, customer support and shipments.
Both Portable Morehouse Calibrating Machines (PCM & BCM)
were designed with field calibration requirements in mind,
and with the goal of providing all necessary force calibration
tools in a portable package. These calibrators give the operators
accurate and stable force measurements in a robust and
low-maintenance design. The system is equipped with several
timesaving features that enable a quality force calibration
where portability and time are of critical importance.
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ASHRAE Realigns Relationship With
ATLANTA — ASHRAE has announced that an agreement has
been reached with the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)
for IAQA to transition to an association management firm.
IAQA became an affiliate of ASHRAE in 2015. In that relationship,
IAQA’s operational base became integrated within
ASHRAE’s headquarters operations in Atlanta, Ga. With this
change, IAQA will take on a more independent management
position. Both organizations are committed to continue collaborative
programming that benefits all members involved.
“ASHRAE has progressed strongly as a global society and
our focus now turns to positioning each organization for
long-term growth and leadership,” says 2018-19 ASHRAE
President Sheila J. Hayter. “The best way to accelerate that
transformation is by separating our associations to uniquely
position both ASHRAE and IAQA to lead their markets, while
focusing strongly on the needs of our members.”
During its affiliation, IAQA operated independently within
ASHRAE’s organizational structure, maintaining its own
brand and Board of Directors. Both associations viewed the
initial partnership as an asset for the growth and development
of each organization’s distinct membership base.
“This change comes as a necessity to ensure the growth,
expansion and financial stability of our membership and
association,” says IAQA President Jay M. Stake. “IAQA will
now be managed by AH, an association management company
(AMC) with offices in Mount Laurel, N.J. and suburban
IAQA will continue to offer corporate and individual memberships,
education, conference and resources to indoor air
quality professionals. ASHRAE will continue its longstanding
leadership of IAQ sciences and technologies.
A task force has been established to examine the best path
forward for both organizations.
ASHRAE Seeks Third
Round of Comments on
Legionella Guideline 12
ATLANTA (Nov. 2, 2018) – ASHRAE is seeking a third round of
public comments on ASHRAE Guideline 12- 2000R, Proposed
Revision of Guideline 12-2000, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis
Associated with Building Water Systems. Guideline 12
is open for a 45-day public review until Dec. 17. Those interested
in reviewing and commenting on the guideline can do
so through the ASHRAE Online Comment Database. In this
Independent Substantive Change (ISC) public review draft,
only revisions in strikethrough and underlined are open for
The purpose of ASHRAE Guideline 12 is to provide information
and guidance to assist in control of legionellosis associated
with building water systems. It also provides guidance
useful in the implementation of ASHRAE Standard 188, “Legionellosis:
Risk Management for Building Water Systems.”
ASHRAE Guideline 12 is intended for use by owners of
human-occupied buildings and those involved in the design,
construction, installation, commissioning, management,
operation, maintenance, and service of centralized building
water systems and components.
“This guideline addresses an important issue that impacts
public health and safety, so feedback is critical,” said Paul
Lindahl, committee chair for ASHRAE Standing Standard
Project Committee (SSPC) 188, the committee responsible for
writing Guideline 12. “Guideline 12 will be a strong companion
to ASHRAE Standard 188 in an effort to provide building
owners with the resources needed to reduce the risk of
Legionellosis and save lives.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates
there are between 8,000 and 18,000 cases of Legionnaires’
disease in the United States each year, with more than 10
percent of the cases fatal. Most are the result of exposure to
Legionella associated with building water systems.
For more information and to comment, visit ashrae.org/publicreviews.
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American Street Guide
1930s Hollywood Theater in Fort Worth
Needs Pricey Face-Lift By Bud Kennedy | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Downtown Fort Worth’s hidden Hollywood Theater has been closed for around 40 years. Only an awning outside the Historic Electric Building Apartments
hints that the mezzanine lobby, balcony and ornate auditorium of a 1,800-seat theater are hidden behind locked doors. (Steve Wilson/Star-Telegram via
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Dark 41 years, a forgotten downtown
movie theater flickered to life the other day, and for a
few minutes Fort Worth relived the era of downtown glitz,
showbiz premieres and Gone With the Wind.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the 1930-vintage Hollywood
Theater, sealed away for decades like some old movie
monster’s secret crypt, opened to daylight for the first time
in two generations as a crowd relived past grandeur and
imagined a future restoration.
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Only an awning outside the Historic Electric Building Apartments
hints that the mezzanine lobby, balcony and ornate
auditorium of a 1,800-seat theater are hidden behind locked
doors at 410 W. Seventh St.
“I love old Fort Worth things,” said Casey Tibbetts, 36, president
at the new Guaranty Bank & Trust location next door.
He saw the theater and arranged public tours as part of the
new bank’s open house.
“When we picked this location, people started asking about
the theater. We wanted people to come take a look.”
Like an aging movie star, the Hollywood needs an expensive
Restoring a typical theater costs from $5 million to $10 million,
according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The lower auditorium floor and seats are gone, stripped and
removed to make room for residents of the adjacent apartments
to park underneath.
But the balcony, walls, ceiling and screen area remain, along
with the mezzanine, marble staircase and part of the lobby,
in a style described in one opening-day 1930 news report as
Houston-based owner Tradewind Properties has been
advertising the 3,000-square-foot lobby and concourse and
12,000-square-foot theater for lease.
“I personally think it sets up nicely for a performance venue,”
said Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
“I was surprised at how intact the features are inside. It
doesn’t take much imagination to see the potential.”
It’d need disability access and an auditorium floor. But it
could easily become a black-box performance theater or
The Hollywood is inside the Electric Building, built in 1929 by
Houston investor Jesse H. Jones for Texas Electric Service Co.,
now TXU Energy.
The Historic Star-Telegram Building, converted in 2013 to
MorningStar Partners, is next door. (The Star-Telegram is now
in a different Jesse Jones tower at 808 Throckmorton St.,
built in 1930 as the Fair Building.)
The Hollywood was built in 1930, just when the industry
was switching from silent movies and musicians to “talking
pictures,” so it only has a screen, not a stage. The first movie
shown was director Frank Capra’s “Flight.”
In 1940, the Hollywood was in the spotlight twice.
In February, it unreeled Fort Worth’s first-run showings of
“Gone With the Wind,” to audiences that included Civil War
veterans and that stood in lines circling the block.
That September, the Hollywood and the larger Worth Theater
one block east co-hosted the city’s first world movie
premiere: “The Westerner” with Gary Cooper, telling the
story of legendary Texas frontier Judge Roy Bean.
The movie was partly shot at Star-Telegram owner Amon G.
Carter’s Shady Oak Ranch. A Houston movie critic described
the premiere, hosted by comedian Bob Hope, as classic Fort
“Cowboys in full regalia slouched around in boots, cowboy
Stetsons at rakish angles.
The dinner out at Amon G. Carter’s ranch looked like a
miniature Academy Awards banquet. In cowboy outfit and
riding his Palomino pony, he greeted the celebrities. ‘I can
think of nothing more appropriate than having the premiere
here where the West begins,’ he said.”
It was the night Hollywood came to the Hollywood.
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Boiler Room Annex
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Abron Industrial Supply 50
Addison Electric Motors & Drives 27
Admiral Heating & Ventilating, Inc. 42
Advanced Boiler Control Services 52
Aero Building Solutions 58
Affiliated Customer Service 48
Affiliated Parts 19
Affiliated Steam Equipment Co. 21
Air Comfort 20
Air Filter Engineers
Airways Systems 55
Altorfer Cat 30
American Combustion Service Inc. 23
AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc. 28
Anchor Mechanical 48
Atomatic Mechanical Services 52
Automatic Building Controls 59
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Beverly Companies 54
B&K Equipment 47
Bullock, Logan & Assoc. 59
Chicago Corrosion Group 30
Citywide Elevator Inspection Services 21
ClearWater Associates 54
Competitive Piping Systems 67
Core Mechanical 61
Dar Pro 27
Door Service, Inc. 63
Dreisilker Electric Motors 14
Dynamic Building Restoration 47
Dynamic Door Service, Ltd. 12
Earthwise Environmental 51
Eastland Industries 45
E/C Vibration 50
Environmental Consulting Group 45
Energy Improvement Products 64
Exelon Energy ComEd 26
Falls Mechanical 42
F.E. Moran 22
Fluid Technologies 53
Garratt Callahan 57
Glavin Security Specialists 33
Global Water Technology 34
Grove Masonry 47
Hard Rock Concrete 15
Hayes Mechanical 64
Hill Mechanical Services 67
H-O-H Water Technology 65
Hudson Boiler & Tank 13
Imbert International 8
Industrial Door Company 62
Infrared Inspections 18
Interactive Building Solutions 9
J & L Cooling Towers 60
JLS Industries 33
Just In Time Pool & Spa 29
Kent Consulting Engineers 66
Kleen-Air Service Corp. 10
Kroeschell, Inc 33
Litgen Concrete Cutting 25
M & O Insulation Company 54
MVB Services 52
National Security Window & Filming 12
NIULPE, Inc. 42
Olympia Maintenance 59
Premier Supply 11
Preservation Services 16
Q.C. Enterprises, Inc. 18
Reliable Fire Equipment Co. 61
Rotating Equipment Specialists 32
Share Corp. 34
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Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 43 & 44
Steiner Electric Company 58
Synergy Mechanical 29
10-1 Insulation 60
United Radio Communications, Inc. 66
USA Fire Protection 16
Western Specialty Contractors 32
W.J. O'Neil Chicago LLC 22
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